THE number of beds occupied in October last year in various hotels decreased to by 5.7 per cent compared to the previous month due to slight decline of domestic and international visitors.
During the period under review, the occupancy rate was estimated at 36.5 percent where a total of 95,583 beds were occupied out of which 64.3 percent were by international visitors.
According to a monthly survey of hotel occupancy carried by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), out of 150 hotels surveyed only 71 responded.
The NBS initiated the process of surveying hotels in order to get useful and correct statistics necessary for the visitors and planning purposes in the tourism sector. When compared with the corresponding period in 2011, the result shows that bed occupancy rate decreased by 2 percent.
The NBS quarterly Gross Domestic Product report for the quarter between July to September last year shows that hotels and restaurants recorded a growth rate of 6.1 percent compared to 5.3 percent in the corresponding quarter of 2011.
"The increase in growth was attributed to increase in the number of domestic and international visitors in hotels," stated the report.